Update On My Oklahoma Internship #3

Hello Prayer Warriors,

A lot has been going on here the last couple of weeks! I know that I say that in every email but it is so true! Two weeks was the last week of teaching in the schools before our two week Fall Break and all of us were sad to leave all of our children behind but we get to go back come tomorrow (October 28th) and we are all excited about that! 😀 

Anyways, we are ending our last week of Fall Break and it has been absolutely crazy! Who knew that sticking 35 interns together in close quarters for two weeks would create such craziness?!?! We have so much fun and we have done some more training which has been brain numbing but also a lot of fun (don’t ask me how. My brain is too fried to figure out how to explain it. Lol!) We’ve been able to do some neat things in the city as well in between taking classes and then we went back to Eagle Springs to do some much needed yard work there and have some time just to renew ourselves and have fun before we go back to teach Character lessons and combat the evils of Satan.

I wish all of you could be here with me going through all of these things. It is such a growing experience. You get some rough days in there where you just want to go back to bed and stay there to the next day, but for the most part, you get to be with amazing people with amazing stories and backgrounds and you get to form friendships and draw close to each other as you grow close to the Lord. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing that has happened to me here. The trials that I have been through have made me grow in my faith and have opened my eyes to so many things and that is what I came here for. I came here to be changed and to become a better Christian and I have been able to see the fruit of that and so have the other people here. 

God continues to answer my prayers and the prayers of the other people here. Some answers have been harder to get andmore painful toget than other, but it is still a blessing to see God’s will play out in so many lives. However, there always more thingsto pray for. If you all could pray for some specific things that would be great. One of the things is health. Satan has really been attacking our health this session. Spliting teaching partners apart, taking down staff members who really can’t get sick because of all that they have to do, etc. please pray that God would heal those that are not feeling well and that none of us would get sick for the remainder of the session. Another request is for the unity ofthe team. As we have gotten to know each other and are coming now to be really comfortable around each other, sometimes one can let their guard down and come to offend someone else on the team, which then causes disunity. Please pray that we would always be guarding our words and our actions and that we would be careful to not offend but to build each other up and that we would grow closer to each other in the Lord.

I miss all of you so much and I can’t wait to be on a regular talking basis with all of you again!!! Stay strong in the Lord, don’t get into to trouble, and praise the Lord in all blessings and trials. 🙂

Love in Christ,

Chelsea

Update On My Oklahoma Internship #2

Hello there, everyone!

So, I have been having an interesting couple of weeks. I want to tell you everything but that would take a little too long. Lol! In my last email two weeks ago, I said how I was in quarantine. Well, I got out and taught that Thursday and Friday. The weekend came and went and then I was face-to-face with my first full week of teaching. I was every excited. I was still tired from the sickness I had gotten over but I was doing well.
Monday went fine and then Tuesday was going well till the last class.
The last class my teaching partner and I were in was a Pre-K class. We did expect the small attention spans but we did not expect little Lillian. Lillian kept wanting to talk during the lesson. Finally towards the end, my teaching partner went over to talk to her one-on-one and little Lillian went on to talk about nightmares and being afraid of monsters. We thought that was sad, but didn’t give too much thought to it. Well, this week, we went in again to that class and little Lillian once again fought for our attention. My teaching partner again went over to have one-on-one time with her and Lillian went on to say how she has a nightmare every night and that she sleeps on the couch and is afraid of the dark and the creaking floorboards, but then this little 5 year old said something unexpected; she knows that it is all in her head! She is petrified of these “monsters” and nightmares she keeps having and yet she knows that they don’t really exist! Please pray for Lillian. My heart broke for her and I felt so sorry for her and yet, there is nothing I can really do for her except pray since we are not allowed to talk to them about God and Jesus.
Anyway, back to week two, last week, Wednesday came and it was FANTASTIC! God was orchestrating everything that day and I CANNOT take any of the credit. I had planned with my partner the night before and was already to go Wednesday morning. We got to the school and went into the teacher’s lounge and the staff member in charge told us there was a change in plans. I was NOT to teach with my partner but I was to teach with another person as that person’s partner was not there and he was a Level 1 person like myself. In a split second, I had to completely throw out my lesson plan, figure out what the guy’s teaching plan was, figure out what I was to do, and then go and teach the first class of the day. All that in less than 5 minutes! I knew that I was not going to be able to do it on my own, but I retained a good attitude about it and said, “Okay, Lord, I’m hanging on for the ride. You’ve got to take control or this is going to be a mess!” And control it He did. The classes went over so well and the children were so receptive and enjoying the classes, it was phenomenal! God totally made me adaptable to my situation and gave myself and my unexpected teaching partner of the day the grace and the strength to teach our classes. So far, that has been the best day of teaching for me yet! I will never forget it.
This week presented me with a new challenge. It was a challenge that I knew I was going to hit but I was positive it wasn’t going to happen till about halfway through the session, which is in another three weeks. For a few days, I was struggling emotionally. I was missing my family terribly, especially my little sister Sarah who is two years old. I had showed my roommate over the weekend a few videos of my sister and while watching those I realized how I didn’t really recognize her voice and how much I had forgotten about her and how much I missed her and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Those thoughts kept running through my mind until finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. Last night, (Tuesday night) instead of going to my elective practice, basketball, I stayed behind and had some time with the Lord. I cried my eyes out and prayed for a whole thirty minutes. I was broken and knew I needed the Lord’s help and wisdom. I knew that I could not get through this trial on my own and I gave it over to Him. I started feeling relief and yet there was still something not right in my spirit. That is when I thought of Satan. I began to rebuke Satan and asking the Lord to make Satan flee from my presence and I told Satan he would no longer keep getting the victory over my mind and my heart. Instantly, relief came over my spirit and a smile came to my face when I was praying and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t stop smiling! Satan no longer had control and had fled and now today, I felt so renewed and freed and blest.
Thank you to all of you that are faithfully praying for me. Your prayers are NOT in vain I assure you. Thank you so much for your support in prayer. It is wanted and appreciated. God bless you all.
Love in Christ,
Chelsea

Update On My Oklahoma Internship

 

Hey there, everyone!

What an amazing and crazy two weeks it has been! We’ve all been very busy, but I can clearly see God blessing this ministry.
The first ten days of being here in Oklahoma was actually spent at a place called Eagle Springs. The first three days that we were there, we took time just to renew our walk with the Lord and purify our hearts, which was wonderful and then we spent five days training and that was intense!!!! We even had homework to do! And let me tell ya, for not being in high school for two years, doing homework is rally strange.
We Level 1 people had to learn a lot during those five days as we had never done the program before and it was powerful to see the staff here so passionate about what In The Gap is doing. When I finally realized the dire situation that most of these inner city children are in, I cried for a solid half-hour. The lives of these children are just so messed up, and though we cannot talk about Jesus in the schools, just being able to teach them good character (character that Jesus would possess) is wonderful! It has helped a lot of the children to become better children and not get mixed up in gangs like they do in this city.
Once training was done, we came back to Oklahoma City and the very next day, I became ill. I thought nothing of it and thought it was just one of those 24 hour bugs but by Monday morning, it was full-blown sickness and I had to stay quarantined in my room. I was so ready to teach on Monday but God wanted me to stay back and pray for the rest of the interns and the teaching ended up going well. Come Monday evening though, I had a scary situation. I almost fainted! For those of you that have never fainted/passed out BE GLAD!!! Basically, I was not putting enough food and water in me to combat the sickness and when I went to move, I moved too quickly and I almost passed out. If I had not been in a sitting position, I definitely would have fainted. God was merciful to me and after that incident, we got tons of things pumped into me so I don’t have another spell.
Today finds me still sick and quarantined in my room, but once again, I prayed for the interns and the schools and I cannot wait to hear the report.
I want to thank all of you that are diligently praying for me. It means so much and I have had a wonderful time getting to know some of the other interns and staff. I has been a blessing so far.

God bless,
Chelsea